In Part II of our blog roundup, we turn to some others listed on our blog roll, some infrequently posted, but worthy because of the nature of the blogger.
The Carl Verhayen Report
One of my favorite electric guitarists, Verhayen came to my attention decades ago when I found one of his solo albums, 1988’s No Borders, and fell in love with his tone, chops, melodic soloing, rock and his fusion-themed instrumental music on this particular early release. He’s been a member of Supertramp since 1985, and consistently has been a “first call” session guitarist for movies, TV shows and music releases. This blog is infrequent, but always interesting to hear insight from a multi-talented artist like Carl Verhayen, here’s a sample.
Recordings like The Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore, Electric Ladyland by Hendrix and Wheels of Fire by Cream were major signposts along the way. They helped me to form a concept of tone. It wasn’t long before I began to realize there were choices. Preferences as to string gauges, pickup height, action height, speakers, tube types, pedals, cables, picks, pickups, neck shape, scale length and tuning gears…At any given moment in your musical journey your tone is the artistic signature that defines you and your musical tastes.
Designer’s Workshop with Jol Dantzig
This is a beautiful site from a luthier that has made beautiful guitars for some great players: John Lennon, George Harrison, Sting, Gary Moore, Billy Gibbons, Rick Nielsen, Keb’ Mo’, Mark Knopfler, Eric Johnson, Martin Barre, Johnny Ramone, Roy Buchannan, and many, many more. How’s that for cred?
Sakura guitar by Jol Dantzig
Dantzig’s blog shows just what this guitar maker is up to, including finishing up the build on a new guitar, called the Sakura, and on sale for $28,000! But, looks a treasure. From the build info:
“Custom brushed-nickel finished aluminum hardware, compliments the visuals along with my hand-cast acrylic 1937 replica knobs. Internal wiring utilizes vintage (1940s) Western Electric cloth and silk covered wire, Jensen built oil filled tone cap and a refurbished 1950s phenolic wafer 3-way switch. Medium oval frets, 25.5″ scale, Japanese Oxen bone nut and genuine pearl position markers. Custom made pickups hand-wound by Seymour Duncan himself with genuine butyrate bobbins and degaussed A2 magnets. One of the most resonant and bold sounding guitars I have ever witnessed.
Quest for Good Guitar Tone
Here’s another blog from a professional musician, thus making him an infrequent poster similar to Verhayen. His name’s Thaddeus Hogarth, an Associate Professor in the Guitar department at Berklee College of Music. He’s played with Tower of Power, Average White Band, James Montgomery, Fred Wesley, and Johnny Winter and is a two-time winner of the Independent Music Award for R&B/Blues (2001, 2006). Nice cred. Posts monthly or thereabouts. Most recently, he profiles the excellent 2011 release from eclectic electric guitarist Oz Noy, waxing poetic about Oz’s tone and new tunage, but also posting some excellent videos of Noy discussing the latest effort. Read more of Hogarth’s post and watch the videos here…
The Guitar Channel
Like this blog. Very specific, focused entirely on the jazz fusion, prog rock spheres. Great source for new concert tour dates, reviews of prog rock albums and more. This week this blog posted news about the first tour of the new supergroup Flying Colors featuring guitarist Steve Morse, tickets go on sale May 11th. Going to get me some.
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